Clarín toured several butcher shops in three Buenos Aires neighborhoods.
Seeking the opinion of merchants regarding the 10% discount plan launched by the government on the purchase of up to $10,000 of beef.
The opinions are dissimilar.
Neighborhood of the mouth
At the La Boca branch of the Res chain, one of the main ones in the industry, they explained to us that they are going to apply the discount, that although they are not doing it yet,
"the idea is to be able to discount their customers 10% announced by the government",
because the chains receive the meat directly from the refrigerator that is part of the discount program.
Butcher shop with prices as of February 6, 2023. Constitution.
The scenario is different, since customers "buy
, according to a trader.
They also pay differently,
they are handled with cash
In turn, in these butcher shops they buy from intermediaries.
"We do not have the possibility of negotiating with the distributor the price at which the half beef falls"
The merchant on Calle Presidente Luis Sáenz Peña at 500, owner of the butcher shop, explained to us:
"We are not going to give the discount, because that discount is for those who charge by card and we cannot work like this
, firstly because in their Most of the people who buy from us every day do not have cards.”
With cheaper prices compared to those observed in La Boca, the butchers referred to the economic situation that the sector is going through:
"They want to do politics with us, but if you look, we are getting worse and worse. Before we were four serving, now there are two
of us ," said the owner of the store on Saénz Peña street.
And he added that in thirty years of running a butcher shop,
"you've never seen price increases in January, they usually happen in March."
Butcher shop, with prices as of February 6, 2023. Balvanera.
On Calle Rincón at 100 and when the owner of the butcher shop was asked about the
means of payment with which he works
, he referred us to the card as something that is only for other products.
"The meat is charged in cash because it is paid in cash, otherwise they unload nothing from the truck."
In this neighborhood,
butcher shops do not plan to apply the discount because they consider that the price they have on the blackboard "is quite low"
, the owner of the premises clarified to us.
"It is important to go see the big chains that now have a price and before applying the discount, they automatically raise prices, they never lose, but surely when they go out to check they will come to the small butcher shops," he emphasized.
Fernando J. Genazzini
Fernando J. Genazzini